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Richard Burr

Congress fails to keep up with rapid technology advances

WASHINGTON After the Office of Personnel Management announced in July that hackers had accessed the personal information about more than 21 million Americans who'd applied for government security clearances or served as references, it gave a boost to long-stalled Senate legislation that aims to do something about cybersecurity. But as the bill's progress bogged down last month in a tussle over amendments and committee jurisdiction, it demonstrated just how hard technology policy is. Even if Congress ends up enacting a cybersecurity law this year, it will only be after five years of debate and a series of hacks so alarming that 2014 became known as the "Year of the...